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Last month’s Live on the Plaza introduced us to tattoo/fine artist Josh Reynolds.

The avid Adult Swim fan and devoted father spoke to us about how painting informed his growth as a popular tattoo artist in Oklahoma City. Don’t forget to make it out to Live on the Plaza this Friday. It should be a barrel and a half of good times.

A special thanks to Ryan Parker for lending us his excellent track, “Feel.”

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Oklahoma City-based artist, graphic designer and everyone’s favorite Mule bartender Jason Pawley hopped in the van at last week’s Live on the Plaza to discuss his art and striving to be a full-time artist.

Make sure to come out this Friday for another great Live on the Plaza.

Jason Pawley

After his bus broke down and a killer snowstorm, Tulsa-native hip hopper Johnny Polygon performed a track off of his new album “The Nothing.”

A special thank you to Kerry Myers for making this happen.

Johnny Polygon

Imagine a runaway train barreling toward you.

Now what if that same was mewing?

That’s sort of how the VDub crew felt when Black Canyon hopped into the Spy Van.

Known for rowdy and raucous live shows, the OKC-based band is no stranger to volume. Frontman Jake Morisse’s hearty laugh is evidence enough.

So, we were pleasantly surprised to hear a softer side to Black Canyon. “Weary Hands” is as warm and genuine as the scratches in your favorite record.

Black Canyon will turn things up this Saturday as they release a new album alongside Beau Jennings & The Tigers.

Don’t miss out.

Black Canyon

OKC-based rapper aDDLib joined the list of impressive hip hop acts that have performed inside of the Spy Van.

His crew slowed things down and performed a sentimental tune complete with beats and backup singers.

Check out some stills after the jump.

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M. Paul Kirby says he’s no good at interviews.

We are glad to prove the Stillwater-based artist wrong.

When we met him last month he spoke eloquently about the power of art and his feathery bird creations.

Take a minute to learn up about the talent that makes Oklahoma unique.

Also, if you haven’t dropped by the Plaza District on the second Friday of every month then you’re not only missing a bevy of free and fun entertainment but also you’re missing the chance to see the Spy Van in action.

Come say hello at Live on the Plaza this week.

We won’t bite. Too hard.

 

Honesty is her best policy.

Seconds after Ali Harter finished playing a new song in the Spy Wagon, she blurted, “I fucked it up, but I don’t care.”

That’s enough to make Honest Abe blush. Shortly after, she went on to say that she knows the song will eventually get better.

And we believe her.

Harter is an Okie musician that’s been crafting her acoustic ballads for several years.

Her songs have taken her around the world and landed her on prime-time television.

Lucky for Oklahoma, the new mother hasn’t slowed down her musical prowess and continues to make the rounds in local venues.

Take a couple minutes to get to know Harter because she’s the kind of artist that won’t stick around forever.

That’s the honest truth.

You know that old expression about how the company you keep determines the trouble you meet?

I could only imagine what sort of trouble Edmond-native singer/songwriter Audra Mae could get into.

Her enthusiastic Spy Van performance of “My Friend the Devil” might give you a pretty good idea of Mae’s meddlesome ways.

Or you can look at her fingernails. Her thumb was painted with her symbol, an anarchistic A for Audra.

We’ve been fans Mae since her impromptu session at Norman Music Festival two years ago.

Both songs she has performed in the Spy Van are from her excellent self-titled album Audra Mae and the Almighty Sound.

Please don’t hold us responsible for all the trouble you get into after giving it a listen, but at least we can promise it will be worth it.

Here’s the Vimeo version of this video if you’re into that sort of thing.

Check out some stills of Audra after the jump.

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We wouldn’t be surprised if Colin Nance dreams in zeros and ones.

Nance is a mainstay in the Okie electronic band The Gentle Art of Floating and his recent solo projects are like a one-man band M83.

So, it didn’t come as a surprise when Nance hopped into the Spy Van with an iPad and a boombox in tow.

The combination of cassette tape and his friend Pilar Pueyo made for one of the most inventive sessions we’ve had to date.

Check out some stills from the shoot after the jump…

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It took Memoryhouse two years to craft its debut album but only four minutes to wildly impress us inside of the Spy Wagon.

The Toronto-based duo took cover from the rainy weather with guitar in tow, and the result was a dreamy acoustic ballad from the band’s first full-length Sub Pop album, “The Slideshow Effect.” Singer Denise Nouvion and composer Evan Abeele base their songs on photographs.

Maybe that explains whey this VDub Session is picture perfect.

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